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Excessive Sweating


Megan (dr.) Jones Homeopath View profile

This a very common problem that, as you know, can be quite inconvenient and embarrassing. Try Natura's Struma 1. It is indicated for rapid metabolism and excessive perspiration (sweating). Alternatively, consult with a Homoeopath as Homoeopathy provides treatment that treats physical and emotional symptoms at the same time. Sweating is very closely linked to the nervous system so there s often a stress or emotional element or trigger to it. Warm regards, Dr. Megan Jones, Registered Homoeopath & BEST Practitioner

Megan (dr.) Jones Homeopath View profile

Struma 1 is indicated for a metabolism that is too rapid, such as in the case of hyperthyroidism. In this case you may have excessive sweating, palpitations or weight loss. Struma 2 is indicated for the opposite situation, one of a sluggish, or slowed metabolism. This could occur in the case of hypothyroidism, where you would feel very tired and pick up excess weight, or battle to lose weight. For excessive sweating, Struma 1 would be indicated as an over-the-counter product, as it may be an indication of an over-active metabolism. Warm regards, Dr. Megan Jones, Registered Homoeopath

Megan (dr.) Jones Homeopath View profile

Dear Concerned,

Hyperhidrosis is a very common and uncomfortable condition. The problem comes in in that the cause is usually unknown, making it more tricky to treat. I trust you have been assessed for any endocrine problems (such as hyperthyroidism) that could be causing or exacerbating the condition. The other common causes are psychogenic factors, such as anxiety.

In terms of over-the-counter options, Struma 1 is a great option, alternatively Feelgood Health does a Sweatless complex that you can try. The Struma is indicated for rapid metabolism and/or excessive perspiration. Both will act by regulating perspiration mechanisms in a safe and natural way. Different products work for different people so sometimes one has to try a few things before finding a solution.

On the other hand how is excessive perspiration defined? This could perhaps be your body's natural perspiration level thus only more drastic, invasive measures will help.

Warm wishes, Dr. Megan Jones, Registered Homoeopath

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

The condition of excessive sweating in called hyperhidosis. This is not
a rare problem at all. Excessive perspiration can be controlled with a
homeopathic product for rapid metabolism with good effect. This
product, Struma 1, is by Natura and is recommended for excessive
perspiration. However, a good deodorant, is always a must, and we are
able to offer a large range at Wellness Warehouse. The latest is to use
an aluminium free product, with enzyme activity, which is also
fragrance free. There are also some deodorants that use aluminum such
as Driclor. This does not necessarily cause a build up of “toxins”, as any toxins are excreted by your kidneys as urine. There is a new deodorant on the market called Odaban , an antiperspirant, which is very effective. Should these methods not be successful, there are
more invasive options. This includes botox injections (which last for 4
to 6 months), which works well for the hands and armpits. The most
definitive treatment is a surgical procedure called ETS (Endocscopic
Thoracic Sympathectomy) which is used when all else fails. You can read
more about it at http://www.hyperhidrosiscumc.com/procedure.html Regards Dr Sean Gomes MD

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

I have found this useful info on the web that tells you more about the treatment and how it works: BOTOX® injections treat hyperhidrosis in much the same way it smoothes
fine lines and wrinkles on the face and alleviates headache pain.
BOTOX® Cosmetic acts as an inhibitor, blocking the chemical signals
sent from the nerves that control sweating. Sweating stops because the
sweat glands are unable to receive signals from the nerves. Because of
its effectiveness in inhibiting neural signals, BOTOX® has
proven to be an efficient means for eliminating excessive sweating
problems.This was sourced form the following link: www.prlog.org/10264437-botox-treatment-for-excessive-sweating-problems.html A company called Skin Renewal offers the treatment. They have a practice at the Dante Spa in Sea Point (Tel: +2721 434 1011 Email: seapoint@skinrenewal.co.za) Follow this link to their website for more information and their physical address: www.skinrenewal.co.za/default.aspx?tabid=160

Hope this helps and you are able to resolve your condition.

Kind regards

Dr Sean Gomes

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

So sorry to hear your problem still persisting.

There is a new deodorant on the market called Odaban , an antiperspirant, which is very effective. It retails at R201, is long-lasting and available at our Kloof and Cavendish Stores. You can also order it from our online shop by emailing onlineshop@wellnesswarehouse.com. Delivery is typically 24-48 hours to your door by Fedex.
The homoeopathic remedy, Struma 1, may also prove to be effective.

With best wishes & kind regards,

Felicia (Senior Pharmacist and Natural Medicine Dispensary Consultant)

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

We have stock of Driclor at our Pharmacy at Wellness Warehouse on Kloof Street, Cape Town. Here is a previous question that I answered on excessive sweating: “The condition of excessive sweating in called hyperhidosis. This is not a rare problem at all. Excessive perspiration can be controlled with a homeopathic product for rapid metabolism with good effect. This product, Struma 1, is by Natura and is recommended for excessive perspiration. However, a good deodorant, is always a must, and we are able to offer a large range at Wellness Warehouse. The latest is to use an aluminium free product, with enzyme activity, which is also fragrance free. There are also some deodorants that use aluminum such as Driclor, however there is a question regarding the link of aluminum to breast cancer. Should these methods not be successful, there are more invasive options. This includes botox injections (which last for 4 to 6 months), which works well for the hands and armpits. The most definitive treatment is a surgical procedure called ETS (Endocscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy) which is used when all else fails. You can read more about it at http://www.hyperhidrosiscumc.com/procedure.html I trust this information will be of use to you, especially during the summer months.” Regards Dr Sean Gomes MD

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

This depends on whether you have always suffered from excessive sweating or whether this has only occurred since you have been overweight. For general health benefits, it would be worthwhile for you to loose this excessive weight. You can view some advice regarding this under the weight loss category. Below is a copy of a previous question that was answered on excessive sweating.
“Question: Is there any treatment for sweaty, smelly armpits. It is so embarrassing and I literally smell myself all the time. My armpits stays wet all the time. Please help!!!
Answer: The condition of excessive sweating in called hyperhidosis. This is not a rare problem at all. Excessive perspiration can be controlled with a homeopathic product for rapid metabolism with good effect. This product, Struma 1, is by Natura and is recommended for excessive perspiration. However, a good deodorant, is always a must, and we are able to offer a large range at Wellness Warehouse. The latest is to use an aluminium free product, with enzyme activity, which is also fragrance free. There are also some deodorants that use aluminum such as Driclor, however there is a question regarding the link to breast cancer. Should these methods not be successful, there are more invasive options. This includes botox injections (which last for 4 to 6 months), which works well for the hands and armpits. The most definitive treatment is a surgical procedure called ETS (Endocscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy) which is used when all else fails. You can read more about it at http://www.hyperhidrosiscumc.com/procedure.html I trust this information will be of use to you, especially during the summer months.” Regards Dr Sean Gomes MD

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

It is difficult to establish exactly what the cause of her heavy periods are without a full history and examination. She may have been put onto hormonal medication to regulate her periods. This would stop her from ovulating and therefor reduce her fertility. Other drugs used in menorrhagia (heavy bleeding) are Antifibrinolytics and Fenamates. These are typically taken during the period. A cause of her irregular bleeding could be Polycystic Ovarian Disease or PCOS. This causes ovarian follicles to rupture improperly. As a result, eggs are not released during ovulation, but instead build up within the ovaries, forming cysts. These cysts affect the production of reproductive hormones in the body and hence effect her menstruation and fertility. She should see her doctor or gynaecologist for a formal diagnosis. Following this you will know whether the cause of the menorrhagia will affect her fertility and what you can do to improve it. You can read our previous posts under the section fertility treatment for advice on natural remedies or consult the healthnotes on our website. Regards Dr Sean Gomes MD


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